Poverty is one of the biggest problems that the world has been facing since time immemorial. Over the years, the world has been making remarkable progress in increasing the standard of living of the people. But there is still no improvement in the lives of many. Some people have been poverty-stricken since birth and are unable to rise higher in life. Various facts about global poverty are there.
Poverty is a condition when people cannot afford the necessities of life. It is often said, to address an issue, one must try to find out the cause. But the issue of poverty and its causes are not easy to combat. The primary contributors to the rise of poverty include greed, lack of education, theft, natural disasters, laziness, injustice, war, oppression, slavery, etc. All of these causes are complicated and pose unique challenges that even law and order, or social programs cannot solve. To address global poverty is a challenging task. But efforts can be made to try and figure out ways to decrease it. For that, you must be well aware of its roots and causes.
Listed below are some facts about global poverty:
- According to a survey, more than three billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. That is nearly half of the total population of the world. Out of that, around 1.3 billion of people live in an extreme state of poverty.
- According to UNICEF, around 22,000 children die each day because of poverty. Hunger, lack of clean water, proper sanitization and other healthcare resources contribute to this issue. In the year 2011, around 165 million children were the victim of malnutrition. Other than that, there are diseases like Diarrhea, for which 1.8 million children die every year.
- Eight hundred five million people all over the world do not get a sufficient amount of food to eat. Different food banks during recent times have taken the initiative to provide food for such people.
- Around 750 million people do not get clean water to drink. Drinking and using filthy water is the root cause of Diarrhea. Diarrhoea alone kills approximately 2,300 people in a single day. Apart from that, pneumonia is another preventable disease that is common amongst poverty-stricken people. 2 million children are victims of such diseases every year, but are too poor to afford necessary treatment. They are also not educated enough to know its prevention and care.
- According to a survey in 2013, 21.8 million of the children worldwide who are under the age of 1 did not receive the necessary vaccines. A dose of three important vaccines is recommended for the children before they turn a year older. These vaccines act as prevention for various diseases. Many of the underprivileged and poor infants were unable to get these vaccines on time.
- Along with proper healthcare, food, and water, many people still live without electricity. Around 1.6 billion people in the world do not have electricity in their homes and locality.